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    How big are 'fabric crumbs'?

    I am starting to save these to give away but I'm not sure how small is too small.

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    Remember to subtract 1/2" for seam allowance. I probably wouldn't use anything smaller than 1.5" To me, it is just another type of crazy quilting. Good Luck ! No rules either !!
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    Anything smaller than 3/4" is no good. It all depends on how small you want to work with. My limit is the smallest.
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    You can barely use that for a bonnet tie.
    Quote Originally Posted by QuilterMomma View Post
    Anything smaller than 3/4" is no good. It all depends on how small you want to work with. My limit is the smallest.

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    smallest ill ever use is 1/2in HST...

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    How are they going to be used? A lot of folks use the tiny scraps to stuff pet beds. In this case, there's probably no 'too small'. If they are going to be used in blocks, like a crumb quilt, then 3/4" would leave you with 1/4" useable.
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    I have no clue how they'll be used. I was about to throw away a bunch of small scraps after using a sizzix die and thought maybe people wanted them. That's why I want to know what to save. I don't want anyone paying postage for something that they can't end up using.

    Maybe it would just be easier to toss it all.

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    and some use anything cut off in pet beds for rescue

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    Never thought about pet beds for rescue nice idea.

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    I save ALL scraps!! I get old pillowcases stuff one- takes quite some time! When full as i want, i stitch close. use other case for cover. i hate to waste!!!!!

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    I can't throw anything I try to make new fabric out of all the tiny little scraps: for example sewing all the small stripes one inch wide together and using the "lasagne method" I'll get new fabric:

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    And then I made some place mats out of this "new fabric":

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    Or I use even smaller stripes like this: some are only 1cm wide!!

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    And they give nice little bags:

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    And if there are "crumbs" that I can't use I give them to the Kindergarten: they can sort for color or shape and glue them on paper to make some pictures out of them!!!

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    Has anyone used tiny scraps for dog beds and then tried to wash it? I wonder how long it would take to dry in the dryer.

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    I think it depends on what they will be used for. I make crumb blocks, so I tend to use at least 1 1/2 inches. But if someone was making a miniature quilt, they may have a different criteria. I say, bag them up, and the recipient can pick and choose what to keep and what to pass on...

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    I was wondering the same thing,but I think the shelters throw them away when they get dirty. Not positive though.

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    I don't use pieces smaller than 2 inches or strips smaller than 1.5 inches.

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    1000 I love what you did with all the scraps. Never waste.. Hugs to you,

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    1000scraps, what clever ideas! I never thought to sew scraps together but now I am going to try it! thanks for the ideas.
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    great, looks cute, and all those scraps are good in quilts that only need a few small pieces and I use them also in paper piecing ,, but you hae taken it to a new level. thanks for sharing.. never heard it callled Crumbs, creative .. thanks for sharing

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    Are the crumbs pieced on a foundation or are they sewn together?


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    I have a big tub full of scraps, they are great for applique' work. Tiny flowers, leaves, butterflies, little bears, rabbits etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ILoveToQuilt View Post
    Are the crumbs pieced on a foundation or are they sewn together?


    Anita
    I think you mean the new fabric for the little bags: yes, they are laid on fusible web and then ironed on!!! After that I put some net lace over it, Thermolam on the backside and then I stitch the raw edges with the fancy stitches I have on my machine!!! Besides I can use up the remains on my yarn spools: if one is empty I take the next one!!!

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    Laying out the stripes

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    Ironing on

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    Laying some tulle over it

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    Using all my fancy stitches!!!

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    A look on the backside!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ILoveToQuilt View Post
    Are the crumbs pieced on a foundation or are they sewn together?


    Anita
    And here are some more pictures:
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1000scraps View Post
    I can't throw anything I try to make new fabric out of all the tiny little scraps: for example sewing all the small stripes one inch wide together and using the "lasagne method" I'll get new fabric:

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Views: 379
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    And then I made some place mats out of this "new fabric":

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Views: 380
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    Or I use even smaller stripes like this: some are only 1cm wide!!

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Size:  389.4 KB

    And they give nice little bags:

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Views: 364
Size:  32.3 KB

    And if there are "crumbs" that I can't use I give them to the Kindergarten: they can sort for color or shape and glue them on paper to make some pictures out of them!!!
    I absolutely love your "new fabric".
    Yooper32 aka: Donna B

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    I just paid postage from a fellow quilter on this website from Ohio- got a great box of crumbs. I make lots of crumb blocks with little pieces. I have sorted some of the goodies in the box and the too small stuff goes in a bag for the dog beds. Yes you need seams in crumb blocks, and I am careful. Some of my 4" blocks have over 50 pieces.....there is no quilt police with these. My quilting buddies think I'm nuts for wasting time making fabric- BUT they sure love seeing what is created from their castoffs. I appreciate them--I also have a pretty hefty stash which I pet on occasion-but I'd rather play with crumbs and strings.

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    I'm in the process of making a crumb quilt. 9.5 inch blocks, some of which have 37 pieces. I only counted one. LOL The 2 inch corner stones have at least 3 pieces, most have 4 or 5, and some have 7.

    I'm using 1/8 in. seams in most of this, so a strip 1/2 inch wide goes in. Whether or not I save some of these really smaller pieces and strips has everything to do with the fabric and color. If it's blah, I put it into the cat pillow basket.
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